Pediatric speech-language pathologists are tasked with addressing problems with spoken language development in young children, especially those in their first years of education. These pathologists generally identify and help children to overcome speech difficulties, and most work in schools, doctors' offices, and hospitals to assess, diagnose, and treat students and patients with pronunciation issues, vocal disorders, and related problems.
Pediatric speech-language pathologists work primarily with elementary-aged children and carefully evaluate each child to determine the best course of action for resolving their issues, and they often work directly with children to implement these plans. In some circumstances, they may also develop alternative means of communication, particularly with hard-of-hearing children and those with physical disabilities.
Patience is important in this position to work well with children, and these pathologists should also have strong analytical and problem-solving skills to create and maintain treatment plans and records. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also important to adapt these abilities to individual students and patients. Most pediatric speech-language pathologists have master’s degrees in speech pathology or linguistics and gain experience in a supervised clinical atmosphere to properly identify and address patients' needs.